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The Rogers Fire Department currently offers free smoke alarms to anyone that needs them. These smoke alarms can be obtained by stopping by our Training Center located at 3003 West Oak Street. Smoke alarms are installed in residences free of charge. Fill out our Smoke Alarm Request form to request a smoke alarm.
Smoke Alarm Importance
Having a smoke alarm is important, however it is also imperative that you test the alarm twice a year. Between 2000 and 2004, 65% of fire fatalities occurred in houses without smoke alarms. Never disable a smoke detector simply because it has a low battery or because it is fault. Always replace smoke alarms promptly or call the fire department for assistance.
Installation & Upkeep
Remember to change your detector battery when you change your clock twice a year. A smoke alarm will typically last 5 to 7 years. Homeowners should install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement, and in every bedroom. The alarm can be placed on the ceiling or on the wall; however, it is recommended that it be placed on the ceiling. The alarm should be no less then 6 inches from corners.
Ionization & Photoelectric Smoke Alarms
There are two basic types of smoke alarms for the average home: Ionization and photoelectric. Ionization alarms are much more common. Ionization alarms sound more quickly when flaming, fast moving fire occurs. Photoelectric alarms are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fire with no flames.
In general it is better to have an ionization alarm in your home if you are only going to have one type. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends that both types be installed. Photoelectric may be better in kitchens and other areas of the home where frequent ionization alarm activation is common.